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Chapter 10: Beyond East and West

The first question:

You seem to be against the demystification of life. In this reference is it right to say that movements in the West like Arica, Zen, Sufism, EST, TM, etc., are the inevitable synthesis between Eastern mysticism and Western science?

The real synthesis will be the disappearance of East and West. It will not be a meeting. In the real synthesis the East will not be there and the West will not be there. That’s what yesterday I called the transcendental.

East and West are polarities. If you try to synthesize them - take something of the East and something of the West and make a hotchpotch out of it - it will be a compromise and not a synthesis. It will be mechanical, not organic. You can put things together - that is a mechanical unity - but you cannot put a tree together, you cannot put a human being together. The unity of a tree grows, it comes from its own innermost core and it spreads towards its circumference. It arises in the center. A mechanical unity can be put together from the outside: you can put a car or a clock together; but the clock has no center to it, the car has no center to it - the clock has no soul. That is the meaning when we say the clock has no soul.it means it has no center of its own. It is a unity put together from outside. It works; it is utilitarian.

But a tree, a bird, a human baby - you cannot put them together. They grow. Their unity comes from their innermost core. They have a center.

A compromise is a mechanical unity; a synthesis is an organic growth. So whatsoever is happening right now in the name of EST, TM, Arica, is a sort of mechanical unity.

And mechanical unity has its own dangers. The greatest danger is this: the East has developed a great insight into religion and the West has developed a great insight into science. When a Western person starts searching in the East, his attitude is scientific. He can understand only that which is scientific in the East - try to understand this. And the East has not developed any scientific attitude; Eastern science is very primitive and rudimentary. When a religious person goes to the West from the East he looks into Western religion which is very rudimentary, very primitive. And he can understand only the religious language.

So when somebody from the East approaches the West, he approaches the West from the weak point in Western growth. And when somebody comes from the West to the East he approaches the East from the weakest link in its growth.

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